Fertilising your lawn is generally something you do, or you don’t… there’s no in between. And for those who do, there’s the old ‘there’s never too much of a good thing’ – but, can you actually over fertilise your lawn?
In short, yes. Yes, you can over fertilise your lawn and it will start negatively affecting your turf’s health. That does not mean you shouldn’t fertilise your lawn though – you definitely should include a good fertiliser as part of your lawn care regime, just be smart about it!
Keep reading to find out a little more and give Rosemount Turf a call on (07) 5448 6398 for some extra guidance.
Fertilising your lawn is a necessary job because there is usually a lack of the required nutrients it needs within the soil. You need to supplement the existing nutrient levels, so you can achieve a balance of all the nutrients your lawn needs to stay looking great and growing well.
If you over fertilise your turf, this results in sudden plant growth, particularly when it comes to leaf growth and thatch. The problem with this is that the roots of your lawn will not experience the same amount of rapid growth, which results in them being unable to supply the amount of water and nutrient that your grass needs to be healthy.
As fertiliser is primarily a combination of mineral salts, over fertilising will cause these salts to build up in the soil. This makes it difficult for water to be absorbed, which dries out your grass and causes discolouration and possibly even plant death if bad enough.
These are the signs to look out for when it comes to over fertilisation of your lawn:
If some of the signs and symptoms above are showing, but it is the growing months, your turf should bounce back quite quickly on its own. To help it along, water on a regular basis as this will help leech the excess salts from the soil. You can also aerate and lightly top dress your lawn to improve the composition of your soil, which will also help your lawn recover.
Here are a few tips and tricks to ensure you don’t fall into an over fertilisation trap:
Ultimately, only fertilise your lawn a few times a year. Additional applications of particular nutrients can be applied if you are trying to fix an issue or if your lawn has experienced difficult growing conditions and requires a quick boost of nutrient for recovery. That is more than enough!
Give Rosemount Turf a call on (07) 5448 6398 for further help when it comes to all your turf needs.
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